Tyler Van Dyke is the first starting quarterback for the Miami football team in consecutive years versus Florida State since 2016. Brad Kaaya made his third consecutive start for Miami versus FSU in 2016. After Kaaya, Malik Rosier started in 2017, N’Kosi Perry in 2018, Jarren Williams in 2019 and D’Eriq King in 2020.
Tyler Van Dyke and Jake Garcia were both seen on the field during warmups. Van Dyke made an impressive recovery after he was diagnosed to be out for at least two weeks after a shoulder injury versus Duke on October 22. Miami is 4-2 in the last six seasons versus Florida State.
Van Dyke led Miami back from a 17-0 first-half deficit to take a 28-20 lead in the fourth quarter. After a poor first half last season, Van Dyke finished 25-47 for 316 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions versus Florida State in 2021. Two late scoring drives gave Florida State its first victory versus Miami under Mike Norvell.
The Seminoles earned the last win in a seven-game winning streak against Miami in the final season with Kaaya as QB. Miami head coach Mario Cristobal was 3-1 as a player against Florida State for Miami and 2-4 as an assistant coach. The six-year streak of different Miami starting QBs versus FSU began with Brad Kaaya in 2016.
Miami ended the seven-game losing streak to Florida State when Rosier threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Langham with six seconds remaining for a 24-20 victory. Miami overcame a 27-7 deficit in 2018. Perry threw a 41-yard TD pass to Brevin Jordan in the fourth quarter for a 28-27 win in 2017.
The 2019 27-10 win over Florida State was memorable for the four sacks recorded by Greg Rousseau to lead the Miami defense. In 2020 Miami QB D’Eriq King led Miami to a 52-10 win that was the largest in the history of the Florida State Miami football rivalry. Florida State ended the Miami run in 2021.
Florida State enters the game on Saturday as a 7.5-point favorite. Miami needs Van Dyke to be able to make big throws for Miami to be able to defeat Florida State. Prior to the injury against Duke, Van Dyke appeared to regain his 2021 form with 847 yards passing in consecutive weeks versus North Carolina and Virginia Tech.